I have been really meaning to incorporate quinoa into dishes. It’s very easy to use, it has a great flavor and an interesting texture. Plus it’s a whole grain and a WW Power Food. So, to me this was a no brainer. This past week quinoa was the star ingredient in 2 dinners.
Quonia Mac N Cheese
This recipe for Quinoa Mac N’ Cheese came from monicanelsonfitness.com. It was very quick and easy to prepare. I altered it a little bit and used half low fat mozzarella cheese and half sharp cheddar cheese. I also topped it with a mixture of 1 part panko crumbs and 1 part low fat mozzarella. It looked just like the picture after it was plated:
I served it with pineapple and watermelon just because that’s what we had on hand. It was delicious… it tasted like an omelet crossed with mac N cheese with quinoa in the mix. I served it as a main dish but it would have been great as a side with a slab of meat (maybe a pork chop) or with crumbled turkey breast, chicken breast, or lean ground beef mixed in. If I make this again I will try to bulk it up with even more veggies.
Now, on to the next…
Turkey, Zucchini, and Quinoa Meatloaves
This gem came from the Weight Watchers Points Plus Power Foods Cookbook (p.138). I’m not going to copy the recipe onto the blog but it’s a basic meatloaf made with lean ground turkey breast, shredded zucchini, and cooked quinoa. I shaped them into 8 mini-loaves and… they came out AMAZING!
I served them with roasted cauliflower and a spinach salad. They made awesome leftovers for work lunch and I cannot wait to make them again!